Teaching Philosophy

Every teacher has a Philosophy with respect to their teaching methods but the important thing is that this philosophy is also understood by the student and and/or parent as well.

There is no doubt that most music students would be very competent players if they practice for two hours daily but in this day and age that is a tall order. Most students prefer to have music in their lives as an enjoyable and pleasant way to pass the time and be creatively fulfilled while others prefer to be engaged in a more disciplined manner, maybe even by pursuing a course of academic study that is graded with exams and theoretical knowledge. Still others spend a lot of time playing and practicing in a more self-directed way and want to do some serious exploration and discovery on their own with the weekly oversight of a guide and teacher.

Whatever your study habits and musical desires might be it is important for the student/parent and the teacher to establish what the goals and intentions of the student are so that they fit with the teacher’s own goals for the student.

Does the teacher know what you expect and do you know what the teacher expects? This brief discussion can set a straight path to a pleasant musical journey that fits both the student and the teacher.

The most experienced teachers do their best to guide the student in their own unique program, because every student is different so the best student-teacher relationship is a dynamic one where both the teacher and the student work toward the goal of making music.

Make sure that you keep the lines of communication with your teacher open and let them in on your hopes for your own musical endeavors so that your journey will be fruitful and creatively rewarding.